Species of the month: October - Birch Bracket Fungus
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Common Name: Birch bracket fungus
Latin Name: Piptoporus betunlinus
Identification: A common fungus that grows exclusively on birch trees. A white underneath, with the cap gradually getting darker from white to a greyish-brown colour.
Growth: Birch bracket grows exclusively on birch trees in the wild, although it has been artificially introduced to other tree species by people. It usually grows on birch which is either in poor health or dying.
Wildlife Value: This fungus is important for breaking down dead birch trees, eventually returning the nutrients stored within them to the soil, where they can enter the food chain again.
Where can they be found?: A very widespread species, found wherever birch trees grow.
Wildife Gardening Tips:
Please don’t pick birch bracket fungus; leave it in its natural habitat. Don’t pick any fungi that you can’t identify as safe to touch or eat. Stay safe and enjoy the spectacle of fungi in autumn.
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